View Full Version : WTF can VCDS-Lite do?

04-22-2017, 08:54 PM
Happy Earth Day Y'all,

I've searched AZ and explored the software...

Would someone please tell me, in simple terms, what I Can & Cannot do with VCDS lite using an ebay cable?

So far I've found I can auto-scan codes w/o finding out what they represent, and also have found I can use the scope to see my revs live.

[before I get ahead of myself]

I'm looking to diagnose a gnarly boost problem I've been having for a while now, and am wondering if the lite version of VCDS will be able to serve me well enough.

Thanks in advance,


04-22-2017, 08:56 PM
Free VCDS-Lite:

-Cannot do AutoScan
-Won't display text for all fault codes
-No Basic Settings (so no TBA, Xenon leveling, etc or checking timing on TDI's)
-No Adaptation Saving (so no changing of locking/lights/horn behavior)
-No Output Tests
-No tech support from Ross-Tech

Limitations of Fully Registered VCDS-Lite compared to with a genuine Ross-Tech cable:

-No Generic OBD-II
-Won't work with CAN-Bus vehicles
-Fewer fault code definitions and label files
-No built-in Activation (you'll be limited to a single PC)
-No Advanced Measuring Blocks
-No Acceleration Measurement

04-22-2017, 09:04 PM
Thanks man,

I actually saw that, but when I was able to autoscan, I disregarded that text.

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If I'm looking to diagnose a boost problem, will VCDS-lite or even the registered $99 version be sufficient? (I figure I might need measuring blocks)

04-22-2017, 09:09 PM
Gotcha. The $99 license for the registered version will do anything you need. The most important thing is being able to access all measuring blocks (as you mentioned), then being able to set adaptations, reset the service indicator, etc...

04-22-2017, 09:30 PM
Word. Leaning towards getting that Registered version, thanks LINDW4LL.

04-22-2017, 09:55 PM
AEB has no MAP sensor, so no logging your actual boost vs requested. But you can log duty cycles and fuel corrections, along with MAF readings. If you have a boost issue, first start with a boost leak test. Or explain your boost issue.

Avant Nate
04-23-2017, 12:25 AM
Problem with the registered version is oly good for 2 installs. So if you change hard drives, new laptop, reinstall os, etc., you only get one do over. I did that, and then bought a used cable and I much prefer the cable.